The winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play that same year, Fences is set in 1950s Pittsburgh against the backdrop of a rapidly changing America. Perhaps the most highly-regarded of Wilson’s soaring ten-play cycle, it tells the gripping story of an African American father and son and the hopes and dreams to which they desperately cling. Powerful and poetic, Fences is a true American classic.
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About the director
Ron OJ Parson
Mr. Parson is the co-founder and former Artistic Director of the Onyx Theatre Ensemble of Chicago, current Producing Artistic Director ofthe New Onyx Theatre Project and a Resident Artist at the Court Theatre. Chicago credits include work at Chicago Theatre Company, Victory Gardens Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Dramatists, TimeLineTheatre,TeatroVista,Northlight Theatre, Black Ensemble Theater, ETA Creative Arts Foundation,Congo SquareTheatre Company, Urban TheatreCompany and Writers Theatre. His regional credits include productions at Virginia Stage Company, Portland Stage Company, Studio Arena Theatre, Studio Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, Wilshire Theatre, Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, Center
Stage,Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Repertory, Pasadena Playhouse, Geva Theatreand Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Mr. Parson’s television and film credits includeER,Early Edition, Turks, Boss, American Playhouse, Vamping, Ali,Barbershop 2, Primal Fearand Drop Squad. He is a native of Buffalo, New York and a graduate of the University of Michigan's professional theater program. He currently resides in Chicago.